Only a GS1 GTIN™ is unique and verifiable in the GS1 system, everywhere in the world, forever.
The GS1 GTINs™ you get from GS1 are unique within the GS1 system that is used by two million companies around the world.
GS1 will never issue the same GS1 GTIN™ twice. GS1 also does not allow the transfer or (re)sale of GS1 GTINs™.
GS1 GTINs™ are included in our GS1 database, which is accessible to everyone through Verified by GS1. Many marketplaces use this database to check if your GS1 GTIN™ is linked to your company and/or product.
Numbers sold by other parties (parties not listed on our GS1 website) are:
- either not numbers in the GS1 System, or
- numbers originally issued by GS1 to a specific party that have been transferred or (re)sold.
These numbers will either not be in our verifiable database or, if they have been transferred or (re)sold against GS1 guidelines, they will appear together with the data of the original party that licensed the number and not with your data.
The numbers sold by other parties sometimes can overlap with GS1 numbers, which can create confusion. GS1 cannot be held responsible if marketplaces do not accept these numbers.
Sometimes organisations outside GS1 use our logo and brand without authorisation to sell their numbers. The only way to be sure you are getting a GS1 GTIN™ is to go through our GS1.org website to find your local GS1 Member Organisation. Only a licensed GS1 Member Organisation can provide you with GS1 GTINs™ and guarantee their uniqueness in the GS1 database.
Find your local GS1 Member Organisation by visiting our web page.